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    Michelle Pfeiffer’s Historic Former LA Estate Hits the Market for $20 Million

    Michelle Pfeiffer’s Former LA Digs List for $20 MillionWill Rogers might have been the ultimate one-man media machine. Born in the Cherokee Nation, the cowboy made his way from Oklahoma to Hollywood, starring in more than 70 films—both silent and “talkies”—and had a syndicated column with The New York Times and a radio show. During the 1920s and ’30s, he was a household name across the US.

    In LA’s Pacific Palisades, Rogers has an eponymous state park to commemorate his big personality and presence as well as his love of the outdoors. He died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935 at age 57. But just before he died, he finished the final details on a sprawling new home just minutes from the Will Rogers State Park.

    The starry legacy continued when actor Michelle Pfeiffer, along with her producer and TV writer husband, David E. Kelley, purchased the spread, which included a pool, pool house and horse stables, plus a spacious 6,250-square-foot main house. In 2001, the compound changed hands again, this time to a local venture capitalist and his family. Now they’re selling the expanded estate for $19.99 million.
    The living room.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The current owners brought in one of interior design’s stars, Michael S. Smith (who famously decorated the White House while the Obamas were in residence), to completely renovate the inside of the main house. While looking a bit humble on the outside, the home is decidedly elegant past the front steps with crown molding, fireplaces in several rooms and high ceilings. The wide-plank hardwood floors throughout are original, as is the two-story library with its spiral staircase leading to a second-floor loft or flex space.
    The main house includes a vast country-style kitchen and pantry along with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, a formal living and dining room, a windowed sitting room just off the dining area and a family room. All bedrooms are en suite and have a New England/Hamptons-cottage feel with beadboard peaked ceilings.
    The dining room.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The current owners also built an additional guest house on the compound with two separate one-bedroom units. A staff house contains yet another bed and bath. Renovations also reached the stable, which has been converted into a spacious family fitness center. The pool house includes a full kitchen, a sauna and a spa and bath. Finally, the two-story garage has more space for a home office, with a living room and balcony. In total, the property offers five kitchens and eight bedrooms.

    Gardens connected by flagstone pathways dot the estate, connecting the vast pool area to the guest quarters on the far end of the three-acre parcel.
    The listing is held jointly by Aaron Kirman, Jeeb O’Reilly and Liz Gottainer of Aaron Kirman group at Compass. Check out more photos of the property below:
    The family room.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The kitchen.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The library.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The primary suite.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    Another of the main house’s four bedrooms.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    One of four baths in the home.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The stables-turned-fitness center.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The pool and poolhouse.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    One of the units in the guest house.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The newly built guest house.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass

    The firepit patio.  Photo: Marc Angeles/Compass More

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    Ryan Seacrest’s Secluded Beverly Hills Compound Hits the Market for $85 Million

    Ryan Seacrest is dimming the lights on his Beverly Hills estate. The American Idol host has just listed the 90210 home for an eye-popping $85 million.
    The 45-year-old purchased the secluded LA compound from fellow TV host Ellen DeGeneres in 2012 for less than half his asking: $36.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Eight years on, the property has skyrocketed in value thanks to increased interest in the highly affluent area and a boom in trophy estates. It also helps that Seacrest did a little remodeling and tricked out the property with luxury amenities, like a massage room and home cinema. Hey, where else is one supposed to watch Idol?

    The epic estate is located just across the street from Franklin Canyon Reservoir and offers more than three acres of resort-like grounds, with manicured lawns and spectacular ocean views. The centerpiece of the property is a 9,000-square-foot abode that was originally built by the noted architects Buff & Hensman in the ‘60s for the actor Laurence Harvey.
    The front entrance.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The one-story home showcases an impeccable level of quality, taste and craftsmanship. Think striking exposed beams, dramatic chandeliers and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. The layout sees four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a living room, formal dining room and an open-plan kitchen. When a little quiet is needed, there’s an office and library. Conversely, when it’s time to party, there’s a lounge with a wet bar where you can enjoy the requisite happy hour cocktail, as well as a sunroom with a pizza oven and grill.
    The amenities are, of course, fit for an A-Lister and include a mega-sized pool, a separate fitness facility, a secure underground garage and al fresco dining areas. Elsewhere, there are two sizable guesthouses and a pool house that together offer a further three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
    Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency holds the listing on the Beverly Hills property, which will be shown to pre-qualified clients only.
    Check out more photos of Seacrest’s home below:
    The living room.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The kitchen.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The living room.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The dining room.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The master bedroom.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The walk-in wardrobe.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The master bathroom.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The home cinema.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The massage room.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The gym.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY

    The pool.  Anthony Barcelo/WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY More

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    Home of the Week: Gene Simmons’s $22 Million LA Mansion Was Made for Lovin’ You

    Tongue-wagging rock legend Gene Simmons is kissing goodbye the Beverly Hills mansion he’s owned for 36 years. After paying $1.34 million for the property back in 1984, it’s now on the market for $22 million.
    Why sell? It seems Simmons, 71, and his actress and model wife, Shannon Tweed Simmons, are relocating to tax-free Washington State to escape what Simmons calls California’s “unacceptable” taxes.

    They’re giving up their stately 16,000-square-foot, three-story European-style home in the celebrity enclave of Benedict Canyon, to move to a 24-acre estate the couple owns close to Washington State’s Mount Rainer.

    When they originally bought the 1.84-acre hilltop property in Los Angeles, it came with just a rustic ranch home. They proceeded to spend five years and a reported $12 million replacing it with this majestic, though decidedly un-rock-star-looking home completed in 2000.
    Simmons’ Beverly Hills estate has a pool with waterslide and a tennis court.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    Extensively featured on the long-running A&E reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels, the home has seven bedrooms, seven baths, a pro-size tennis court, a pool with a 60-foot water slide and parking for 30-plus cars.
    But prospective buyers might have to imagine what three of the bedrooms could look like. That’s because right now they’re being used to house the fire-breathing rocker’s mind-blowing collection of KISS memorabilia. They are jam-packed with everything from music awards and KISS-branded pinball machines to guitars and an endless array of KISS toys and figurines.
    The grand foyer.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    In a YouTube video on the collection, Simmons boasts: “We have more than 5,000 licensed products. Everything from KISS condoms to KISS caskets.” Sadly, for KISS fans, the collection is not included in the sale.
    One of the best-selling rock bands of all time, the group was founded by Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s. Since then, the rockers, known for their outrageous makeup and pyrotechnic stage shows, have sold more than 75 million albums.
    A 40-foot window marks the entryway.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    To reach the house, imposing security gates open from snaking Benedict Canyon Drive to a wide driveway and up to a huge circular motor court and a trio of garages.
    With towering hedgerows on three sides and a densely wooded area directly behind the home, the compound is well-hidden from prying eyes—and what Simmons has described as “buses with well-meaning tourists from Sandusky, Ohio.”

    The living room.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    Grand sweeping steps on either side of the garages lead up to the home’s imposing twin front doors. The foyer has a showpiece 40-foot-high window and a sweeping staircase topped by a gorgeous glass-domed ceiling
    The huge open-concept living room features Simmons’ grand piano, a cozy fireplace and big, overstuffed sofas, one of which is an unusual back-to-back design.
    The kitchen.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    Having raised two kids at the home—comic book creator Nick Simmons is now 31; sister Sophie, 28, is an actor and singer—the open-plan kitchen is truly family-sized. Simple in design, it features white country-cottage cabinets, wood floors and marble countertops.
    Upstairs, the primary suite with its vaulted ceiling is unpretentious, with its simple furniture, wide-planked floor and arched doorways. A rock star’s retreat it’s not.
    The dining room.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    Outside, the surprisingly small pool area is shielded by towering trees and includes a rustic, stone patio and stone-edged spa.
    Israeli-born Simmons, estimated by Money Inc. to be worth about $300 million, is showing his commitment to quitting California by recently listing yet another home he owns, this one in LA’s Laurel Canyon.
    The primary bedroom.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    Listed in August for $2.2 million, the unassuming, split-level 2,345-square-foot house has breathtaking views of the Los Angeles skyline and the Santa Monica Mountains all the way to the Pacific. It is now priced at $1.99 million.
    As for the Benedict Canyon compound, it’s on the market with Million Dollar Listing stars Matt and Josh Altman of The Altman Brothers and Douglas Elliman.
    The patio and pool.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    Another of the home’s seven bedrooms.  Photo: Christopher Amitrano

    The motor court.  Christopher Amitrano More

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    LeBron James Buys Katharine Hepburn’s Former Beverly Hills Compound for $36.8 Million

    Although the deal was extensively reported in July, it’s only today—fittingly, near the end of a fantastic Lakers season—that LeBron James has finally closed on his $36.8 million residential upgrade in the 90210, a multi-structure compound packing fantastic views and a storied, only-in-Hollywood pedigree.
    Built in the 1930s, the colorful Mediterranean-esque villa was owned for years by Charles Boyer, an Oscar-nominated leading man actor of that era who starred in a number of black-and-white classics, among them Conquest and Algiers.
    In the late ’40s, Boyer and RKO Pictures, one of the big five Hollywood studios at that time, terminated the actor’s contract. As part of an unusual settlement negotiation, the studio agreed to buy out Boyer’s interest in his 2.5-acre estate; because RKO was owned at that time by Howard Hughes, the reclusive billionaire became the technical owner of the Boyer residence, though he never lived there. Instead, Hughes leased the palatial property to his ex-flame and longtime confidante Katharine Hepburn, who occupied the mansion during the height of her career.

    At some point after Hepburn moved out, the property fell into the hands of non-famous owners, where it remained until 1986, when soap opera pioneer Lee Phillip Bell and her business partner husband William J. Bell (The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful) bought it for $2.9 million, as per tax records. The couple significantly upgraded and restored the tired lady to her former Golden Age glory during their many years of ownership, and they expensively landscaped the grounds with mature trees and formal gardens.
    Bill Bell died in 1995, though Lee Bell continued residing at her beloved 90210 home until her own death this past March. Back in June, her lovingly maintained estate crash-landed on the market for the first time in decades with a $39 million asking price—the $36.8 million James paid represents a 6 percent discount.
    Secured by a celebrity-worthy collection of cameras and one of LA’s most massive driveway gates in existence, the compound is accessed via a epic long brick driveway flanked on either side by mature cypresses. The driveway eventually dead-ends at a commodious motorcourt that’s accented by a stone fountain and ringed by a dozen mature palm trees.

    The lavish interiors include a sunlight-flooded living room with a vaulted ceiling and exposed ceiling beams, an ethereal dining room set beneath a huge skylight—perfect for gazing up at the heavens while enjoying a chef-catered meal—and a carpeted library with built-in bookcases for real books. The cozy movie theater includes a fireplace for sophisticated ambiance, one of seven in the main mansion.
    Elsewhere on the property are two detached guesthouses, multiple al fresco dining and entertaining areas, and a lighted tennis court with viewing pavilion. At the far rear of the complex, soaring views of the entire LA skyline take center stage as they sweep over Benedict Canyon to the Pacific Ocean and Catalina. The oval swimming pool—a gorgeous remnant of the property’s Golden Hollywood history—adjoins a poolhouse and is watched over by a giant gold Buddha.
    James also continues to own two separate mansions in LA’s posh Brentwood neighborhood. The first was scooped up for $21 million in 2015 and has remained vacant for most of the time since. The second estate, the NBA superstar’s current main residence, is sited on plum hillltop and was purchased for $23 million in 2017.
    Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland held the listing.
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    Inside John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s New $17.5 Million Beverly Hills Mansion

    With their third bundle of joy due to arrive in March, high-profile celebrity power couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have bid adieu to their 90210 “starter” house—once owned by Rihanna—and upgraded to a more roomy, $17.5 million home elsewhere in the mountains above Beverly Hills, in a neighborhood known as Beverly Hills Post Office. The Wall Street Journal first reported the deal.
    Built new this year and sheathed in metal and glass, the hard-edged contemporary mansion contains 10,700 square feet of living space, with 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. Developed by local contractor JB Builders, the nearly one-acre estate offers a prairie-sized motorcourt, perfect for hosting large events.

    Inside, the home boasts a collection of bespoke materials, with exotic wood and marble trim, wide-plank oak wood floors and a soaring glass atrium that floods the massive great room with light. Naturally, the house is equipped with a slew of designer goodies—Toto toilets, Miele kitchen appliances, LED mirrors, Crestron smart home technology, and a five tankless water heaters.

    From the residence, disappearing walls of glass lead out to a backyard with a 100-foot saltwater swimming pool and lush views across Benedict Canyon, down to the Century City skyline. There’s also a petite pool house, plus a 500-square-foot media room with top-notch acoustics for a theater-quality movie experience.
    Amid a frenzied media blitz, Teigen and Legend hoisted their former Beverly Hills home onto the market last month with a $23.95 million ask. Despite that aggressive price point, the couple almost immediately received an offer and the house is currently in escrow to be sold, according to the MLS. For the moment, the growing family is quarantining in a leased mansion—also designed in the contemporary architectural style—down in the Beverly Hills Flats neighborhood.
    Sally Forster Jones of Compass held the listing; Marshall Peck of Douglas Elliman repped Legend and Teigen.
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    Home of the Week: Inside Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s $24 Million Beverly Hills Home

    Power couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have listed their 8,250-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion for $23.95 million. The 41-year-old Oscar-winning singer and his 34-year-old model-turned-cookbook-author wife, bought the home—formerly owned by singer Rihanna and originally built in the mid-1960s—in 2016, paying a reported $14.1 million.

    They called in their long-time interiors guru Don Stewart, of LA-based Desiderata Design to transform the stark-white interior to a warmer look, better-suited to their growing family. The couple will welcome their third child next spring.

    Top of the list for the makeover was a state-of-the-art, professional-grade kitchen to help with Teigen’s cooking videos and culinary creations. It includes no fewer than three ovens, two stovetops, twin refrigerators and miles of Italian quartz countertops. Fans of the former Sports Illustrated model’s Instagram posts will likely recognize the kitchen from its appearance in her cooking videos.
    The other major upgrade? Closets. Huge, Rodeo-Drive-worthy closets for both Teigen’s and Legend’s high-fashion duds. Teigen’s closet—she calls it the “glam room”—features walls of glass-fronted wardrobes and plentiful shelving for her handbag and shoe collections.
    The house’s special finishes include some dramatic ceiling, wall and floor treatments. In the living room mandala-patterned designs from Thailand decorate the ceiling, the floor is made of ebonized cerused oak and a clay-and-steel-rolled effect highlights the walls.
    Steps away in the formal dining room, the ceilings are adorned with delicate plaster moldings with rich, coppery, hand-rubbed finishes on the massive sliding partition doors.
    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Beverly Hills home.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    Naturally the main living area features a grand piano, set alongside shelves showcasing Legend’s numerous awards—he’s the youngest entertainer to have achieved the elusive EGOT, short for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, for his remarkable catalog of music that ranges from his songs “Ordinary People,” “All of Me” and “Green Light” to “Glory” from the film Selma.
    All seven bedrooms are ensuite and have glass-edged balconies, with the sprawling master featuring high ceilings, along with a striking fireplace and jaw-dropping, distressed-gold-finished chimney front. In the master bath there’s a free-standing stone tub in front of a large picture window.

    The living room with its baby grand piano.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The home also includes a well-equipped gym and cozy movie theater with a popcorn machine and impressive stock of candy jars. The Legend kids are Luna 2, and Miles, 1.
    Outside there’s an expansive deck with stunning canyon views. Here you’ll find a heated saltwater pool, jacuzzi, chef’s kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven. Close by is a grapevine-wrapped, shaded pergola for al fresco dining.
    Less than 25 days after listing the estate, the couple has an offer.
    The remodeled kitchen that starred in Teigen’s cooking demos.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    As to the identity of the buyer: “Wild horses couldn’t pull that out of me,” says listing agent Marshall Peck, of Douglas Elliman Beverly Hills, who brokered the deal.
    And no, he wasn’t at all surprised the seven-bedroom, eight bathroom property close to Laurel Canyon and just south of Mulholland Drive, went to contract so quickly.
    “It’s a truly spectacular property. We were having showings almost every day. It has the most exquisite, high-end finishes of any home I’ve ever seen. Add to that the location, the views, the 33-foot high ceilings. It’s all just spectacular,” adds Peck.
    The formal dining room has dramatic finishes.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    According to which showcases the home, the family is now on the hunt for a bigger property in the LA area.
    In the meantime, there’s plenty of room at the couple’s $9 million, 2,600-square-foot duplex penthouse in the landmark Brewster Carriage House in New York’s NoLIta neighborhood. They bought it in 2018.
    With maybe an eye to the future, in April this year they splashed another $7.7 million for the 3,500-square-foot, three-floor penthouse right next door in the same building. Expect the sound of jack hammers soon.
    Scroll down for more views of the couple’s Beverly Hills home, before they move out.
    The master bedroom.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    Teigen’s display shelves in the walk-in closet.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The massive walk-in closet.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The master bath.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    Walls of windows open to the outdoors.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The TV room.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The kids’ playroom.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The personal fitness studio.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The screening room.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The outdoor terrace.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman

    The pool.  Photo: Anthony Barcelo/Douglas Elliman More

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    Geena Davis Lists Her Mediterranean-Style LA Villa for $6 Million

    The living room fireplace will leave you slack-jawed and open-mouthed. There, stretching from floor to ceiling, is Bacchus, the hedonistic god of wine, with mouth agape, doing double duty as a fireplace.
    The quirky plaster fresco, with its ring of sharp incisors, wild hair and flared nostrils, is a guaranteed conversation stopper, or maybe starter—especially with flames flickering from a roaring fire.

    The origins of this funky, over-sized wall decoration aren’t clear, but it certainly reflects the playful character of the home’s owner, actor and two-time Academy Award winner, Geena Davis, star of the beloved 1991 road flick Thelma & Louise.

    Davis, 64, has lived in this five-bedroom, 5,146-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa for the past 13 years, splashing out  $4.19 million for it in 2007, shortly after wrapping up her run in the hit TV series Commander in Chief, which won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
    Built in 1999, the home sits on a 17,000-square-foot lot on a quiet, tucked-way cul-de-sac in leafy Pacific Palisades, a stone’s throw from the western end of Sunset Boulevard and a quick drive down to the beaches, Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica.
    Here there’s no guarded entry, no security gates or imposing fences; it’s just a peaceful, somewhat unassuming house on a street, with a low, rustic, wood-framed fence separating home and sidewalk.
    The front of the barrel-tile-roofed villa is dominated by three side-by-side garages and arched front door with masses of bougainvillea decorating the façade.
    The covered patios look out over lush gardens.  Photo: Lee Manning

    The front door leads straight into a foyer with views ahead to Bacchus in full yawn. The Spanish influence is seen in the lovely colored tiles on the floor, white-washed walls and soaring vaulted ceilings with imposing arches.
    Off the living room is a casual dining room with French doors leading out to a secluded, tree-shrouded, covered terrace. Close by is the recently remodeled kitchen with its large central island, gray-green stone countertops and backsplash, white cabinets and gorgeous mosaic tiles behind the gas range.
    The first floor is also home to two of the five bedrooms, each with its own distinct character. We love the quirky Japanese room with its painted wall featuring Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic Great Wave off Kanagawa, whimsically countered by a surfboard mounted on the wall.

    The newly remodeled kitchen.  Photo: Lee Manning

    The rear garden is the home’s secret hideaway, with its shady vine-covered pergolas and terraces leading down to a grille and dining area, lovely rose garden and lawn. But one surprising omission—especially for an A-list Hollywood star’s home with a $6 million price tag—no swimming pool, though there’s certainly space to dig one. And the private beach clubs along the nearby Pacific Ocean are a short bike ride away.
    Upstairs are three of the five bedrooms, which include the spacious owner’s hideaway. It features a stunning vaulted-ceiling, gnarled wood beams, gorgeous fireplace with hand-painted tile surround.
    French doors lead out to a private terrace with a wrought-iron balustrade and views over the lush gardens. Just off the master is a cozy sitting room with its wall of built-in bookcases.
    The dining room.  Photo: Lee Manning

    The master suite also comes with dual bathrooms and walk-in closets and a light-filled private office/study. The highlight of one of the bathrooms is the free-standing, shiny-chrome bathtub.
    “This is a very special offering filled with romance and charm in a fabulous Palisades location,” says listing agent David Offer, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeService California Properties.
    What Offer is reluctant to reveal, however, is the location of the home’s key safety feature—a fortified panic room.
    There’s no word either on why Davis is parting with her longtime home. Perhaps it has to do with her recent split from her husband or there’s a can’t-miss upgrade on the horizon—with a pool. But look for the actor on the silver screen in upcoming feature films Ava and Cowgirl’s Last Ride.
    The owner’s hideaway.  Photo: Lee Manning

    The master suite’s study.  Photo: Lee Manning

    The master bath and soaking tub.  Photo: Lee Manning

    The home office.  Photo: Lee Manning

    One of five bedrooms in the home.  Photo: Lee Manning

    The unassuming front entrance.  Photo: Lee Manning